My two cents (Week of Apr 19, 2021)

For each school day of the 2020-21 school year, I will be writing two sentences to capture some of the impressions, feelings, experiences, or thoughts I had that day. This is the 27th post in the series.

Monday (Apr 19)
Thoroughly enjoyed my lunch banter with some students in the courtyard (SHEESHHH!). My morning walks with BD are routine and therapeutic; I see them as an investment in self-awareness and self-care.

Tuesday (Apr 20)
In the silence that pervades most of my Zoom classes these days, I had a crushing moment during 8th period when we spent 25 minutes working to state 5 noticing/wonderings about an anonymous piece of student work. On the other side of things, I had two touching moments of connection (one was with a former student — AS — and the other was with a current student — WF).

Wednesday (Apr 21)
I was zapped of motivation today. Was hard to stay positive, upbeat, and with it today; I stuck to content and wasn’t proud of it.

Thursday (Apr 22)
Still feeling defeated by remote learning, I dragged myself through my classes, and my students sensed it. I’m coming to terms with what it means to have sustained this level of professional stress for this long; today was really hard, this week was horrible.

Friday (Apr 23)
A quiet day in the building that I used to regroup from a shattered week that put a huge dent in my remote learning armor. Onward I go.


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